China to buy bullet trains from Kawasaki Heavy-affiliated maker.
BEIJING Beijing (bā-jĭng) or Peking (pē-kĭng, pā–), city (1994 est. urban pop. 6,093,300; 1994 est. total pop. 7,240,700), capital of the People's Republic of China. It is in central Hebei prov. , Oct. 26 Kyodo
China's Ministry of Railways has concluded a contract to buy 140 bullet trains from a Chinese train maker affiliated with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.
In the deal worth about 45 billion yuan (604 billion yen), China will buy the trains which can run at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour from Nanche Sifang Locomotive, which has a technology licensing agreement with Kawasaki Heavy, the sources said.
The high-speed trains will be manufactured using Kawasaki Heavy's technology for Hayate trains which run on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line in Japan. The new trains serve between Beijing and Shanghai Shanghai (shăng`hī`, shäng`hī`), city (1994 est. pop. 12,980,000), in, but independent of, Jiangsu prov., E China, on the Huangpu (Whangpoo) River where it flows into the Chang (Yangtze) estuary. and Beijing and Guangzhou from the first half of 2010.
Japanese railway-related manufacturers which produce motor, brake and other railway parts may also be benefited from the contract, the sources said.
China began high-speed train services on the line between Beijing and Tianjin last year and is building up similar lines in other parts of the country.
China has also placed orders to a Chinese train maker affiliated with Germany's Siemens AG Siemens AG
German electrical-equipment manufacturer. The first Siemens company, Siemens & Halske, was founded in Berlin in 1847 to build telegraph installations. and a joint venture set up by Canada's aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc. and a Chinese firm.